Hard water isn’t actually hard but removing the stains it leaves behind can be. Over time, the minerals in hard water can build up as a cloudy film on household surfaces such as sinks, tubs and toilets. Thankfully, with the right supplies, you can banish these stains and guard against their return. 

Tools and supplies

  • Plastic gloves
  • White vinegar (or acidic household cleaner)
  • Spray bottle
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloth

Step 1

Don your gloves and grab an acidic household cleaner (such as rust remover). If preferred, you can also create your own cleaner by combining equal parts vinegar and water and adding the mixture to a spray bottle. If using a store-bought cleaner, follow the instructions on its label. If you’ve made your own cleaner, spritz it over the water-stained area and let it sit for several minutes.

Step 2

Scrub the water-stained surface area with a scrub brush or an old toothbrush to loosen the mineral deposits. If you’re cleaning a toilet, scrub with a toilet brush.

Step 3

Continue to spray on more cleaner as you continue scrubbing. If you’re having trouble getting rid of the stain, try putting a bit of your vinegar and water mixture into a bowl and adding baking soda to make a paste. Apply the paste to your brush, and scrub again.

Step 4

Finish up by rinsing your work area with a wet sponge and wiping away any moisture with a soft cloth. Make sure the area is completely dry, or the stains could return.

To guard against future water stains, promptly wipe up any excess water that remains after using a faucet. It’s also helpful to mist or wipe vulnerable areas once a day with a natural cleaner. While these tips may not prevent new stains from appearing eventually, they should keep your surfaces clean longer and make your next cleaning job easier.

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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